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ARCH 2010 


Annual Photography Contest Sho 

A Salute to Our Contestants 

Another photo competition has arrived. We 
remain inspired and encouraged by the 
quality of submissions — especially, among the 
young photographers out there. Thanks to each 
of you who took time to prepare and send in 
your works of art. We know it takes commitment 
and time to do so. 

Speaking from the judges' perspective, 
however, we do notice some persistent prob- 
lems that disqualify entries. Let's review them 
and, hopefully, tuck away the information for 
next year: 

■O One contestant submitted a stunning photo- 
graph of purple and blue flowers. The plant 
is a dwarf blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium 
helium, or Rocky Point) native to Califor- 
nia. We could not accept this one, because it 
is non-native and does not naturalize. Simi- 
larly, we cannot accept roses, tulips, 
marigolds, and other non-natives pur- 
chased from greenhouses and planted here. 
It is difficult to distinguish in some situa- 
tions, because plants like the Tree of Heaven 
(an honorable mention) do naturalize and 
become an alien native. If you are not sure, 
consult a good gardening book or expert. 

•& Another wonderful photograph depicted 
two men in a boat at sunrise, fishing in the 
mist. This was a great, well composed shot 
but the men were not wearing life jackets. 
We can only select images that promote safe 
practices afield. 

"v" In the Scenic Seasons category, we receive 
loads of waterfall images. While we enjoy 
them, we'd like to encourage you to expand 
your mind beyond a straight-on waterfall, or 

scenic mountain landscape, or pretty sun- 
rise or sunset. Think about including 
unique elements that might differentiate 
your image. Look at the rest of the winners 
in this category for inspiration. 

-v" Similarly, tliink about shooting from an un- 
usual angle or perspective. The first-place 
winners in Cold and Clammy Critters and 
The Sporting Life provide excellent exam- 
ples. Even the bird and mammals categories 
feature unusual first-place winners: a blue- 
bird and a bat in mid-air. 

•v- Some entries still fall short due to mechani- 
cal reasons: a visible time and date stamp (a 
big NO-NO); overly saturated and overly 
sharpened images; or terribly over-worked 
skies. And please, please include ITPC infor- 
mation within each digital file. Key informa- 
tion such as name and contact number is 
extremely important to embed, to assure 
identification if the paperwork becomes 
lost. Double-check your image processing 
software to learn about this feature. 

It is our intent to educate you by these exam- 
ples. Keep focused on the mechanics, keep 
studying the subtlety of light, and above all, keep 

We very much look forward to this contest; it 
has become a rite of spring around our editorial 
office. And in some small way, we hope the con- 
test helps you feel more connected to this maga- 
zine and to our agency. For through your eyes 
and the lens of your camera comes affirmation 
of your appreciation for the wild animals and 
wild places of Virginia. 

-Sally Mills, Editor 

Mission Statement 

To manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth: 
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard 
the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the Constitution of Virginia; To promote safety for persons 
and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; To provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an 
awareness of and appreciation for Virginia's fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities. 


Bob McDonnell, Governor 


Subsidized this publication 

Secretary of Natural Resources 

Douglas W. Domenech 

Department of Game and 
Inland Fisheries 

Bob Duncan 
Executive Director 

Members of the Board 

Ward Burton, Halifax 
Brent Clarke, Fairfax 
Sherry Smith Crumley, Buchanan 
William T. Greer, Jr., Norfolk 
James W. Hazel, Oakton 
Randy J. Kozuch, Alexandria 
John W. Montgomery, Jr., Sandston 
Mary Louisa Pollard, Irvington 
Richard E. Railey, Courtland 
F. Scott Reed, Jr., Manakin-Sabot 
Charles S. Yates, Cleveland 

Magazine Staff 

Sally Mills, Editor 

Lee Walker, Ron Messina, Julia Dixon, 

Contributing Editors 
Emily Pels, Art Director 
Carol Kushlak, Production Manager 

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Front Cover: 
Grand Prize Winner 

Congratulations to Sharon Burton 
of Hampton for winning the cov- 
eted Grand Prize! Sharon report- 
ed that as she was photographing 
this flower, a beautiful flower fly 
flew in for a nectar snack, staying 
only a few seconds before taking 
off. When the judges first saw 
this photograph, we unanimously 
agreed that it would make a gor- 
geous cover. Way to go, Sharon! 

Canon EOS 20D digital camera, 
Canon 100mm macro lens, ISO 
800, l/200th, f6.3 on a tripod. 


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Back Cover: 

Kids' Grand Prize Winner 

This year's winner of the Kids' 
Grand Prize is Allen Shank, age 7, 
of Dayton. Though he was only 6 
years old at the time this photo- 
graph was taken, it all came 
about when Allen asked to bor- 
row the family camera to try his 
hand at taking some bird pic- 
tures. Luck and skill were on his 
side that day when a pileated 
woodpecker came within reach 
of the 400mm lens he was using. 
A difficult bird to get close to, 
Allen's patience paid off! Wow, 
congratulations Allen! 

Canon 40D digital camera, Canon 
400mm lens, ISO 800, l/1600th, 











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Photography Contest 


by Lynda Richardson 

* '\Y7 0W! Another year had passed 
W and here we were again gath- 
ered together to judge Virginia Wildlife's 
annual photography competition! We 
would have the opportunity to review hun- 
dreds of gorgeous photographs captured 
and sent in from all comers of the com- 
monwealth. From Abingdon to Front 
Royal, to Chincoteague, to Kenbridge; 
from amateur, to professional, to budding 
young photographer — we couldn't wait to 
see what our contestants had submitted. 

When I arrived at the editorial office, 
staff were rushing around grabbing 
notepads and coffee. A 17-inch laptop sat 
in the middle of the table and I could see that the 
office manager was plugging in an external hard 
drive containing over 1500 digital entries! With 
such a huge task before her, Kim had logged and 
categorized all of the entries throughout the year, 
making things so much easier for us today. 
(Thank you, Kim!) 

Settling into our chairs around the Mac, we 
discussed which category to tackle first. We al- 
ways begin with a large one and this time wasn't 
any different. "So what were the biggest cate- 
gories this year?" someone asked. Not surpris- 
ing, Birds of a Feather took top honors as the 
largest with 385 entries. What was surprising was 
that Marvelous Mammals was second with 300 
entries, not normally a large category. Scenic 
Seasons held the number three position with 
294, and A Bug's Life was fourth with 270. This 
was very different from last year. 

As we went through and carefully judged im- 
ages in each category, we were amazed at the di- 
versity. This year we had several pictures that, 
quite honestly, stumped us until we read the ac- 
companying explanations. These were images 

©Donna Hart 

like Dudley Olcott's photograph of a hot air bal- 
loon that captured first place in The Sporting 
Life and Jim Kirby's first place icy bluegill in 
Cold& Clammy Critters. 

I will have to say that the moment we saw 
Sharon Burton's flower fly, we all thought 
COVER! What a gorgeous, WOW image! The iri- 
descent wings glisten on the delicate yellow fly 
and the background of receding cool colors 
emphasizes the warm yellows of both the 
flower's stamen and the fly. It all came together 
beautifully to make a fabulous front cover prize! 

And did you check out our grand prize, 
back cover yet? Allen Shank, age 7, took this 
honor with his wonderful photograph of an elu- 
sive pileated woodpecker. This bird is notori- 
ously difficult to get close to, even for profes- 
sional photographers. What an inspiration to 
see a young photographer capture such an 
image! Way to go, Allen! 

It is very difficult to judge a photography 
competition. How do you compare a wonder- 
hilly composed and endearing "slice of life" 

moment against a just as wonderfully 
composed and striking image taken 
under difficult circumstances? How do 
you place a landscape shot in gorgeous 
light over an image that takes a whole lot 
of technical expertise and patience? Over 
two days of judging, there was a lot of 
"discussion" and agonizing over entries. 
Overall, I think this was one of the 
best competitions we've had yet! To show 
you how impressed we are with the qual- 
ity of submissions, this year we asked 
Ted Bullard, president and owner of 
Richmond Camera and Richmond Pro- 
fessional Lab, for help. Ted has always 
been a dedicated contest sponsor, but this year 
he decided to go all out! With very little coaxing, 
Ted graciously offered to donate an amazing 
array of fabulous prizes. (Can I enter next 
year?) See them listed inside the back cover. 
Thank you, Ted! 

"WOW," is all I can say! WOW for the great 
collection of inspiring photographs that were 
submitted, WOW for the unbelievable images 
that won, and WOW for the outstanding support 
from Richmond Camera and Richmond Profes- 
sional Lab! 

So, let's make each year a WOW year. I en- 
courage all of you photographers out there to 
start shooting now and submit your "WOW- 
EST" picmres yet. We'll look forward to seeing 
all of your great entries next year. Good Luck 
and Happy Shooting! 

Please note changes on "How to Enter" 

the 2010 Annual Photography 




Front Royal 

A doe and her fawn enjoy a peaceful moment in a beautiful summer forest at Posey Hollow, Warren 
County. The judges loved the tranquility, the depth, and the monochromatic feel of this quiet moment. 
A wonderful first-place win for Lisa Ware! Congratulations! 

Nikon D200 digital camera, Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X tele-converter, ISO 400, l/50th, f4.0. 

Rachel Echols 


Ghostly cypress trees stand in the autumn mist of Sunken Meadow Pond in Surry County, 
making for an eerily beautiful photograph. 

Nikon D70 digital camera, Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO 500, l/20th, f25.0 with tripod. 


James E. Hardison 

Newport News 

After a morning of 
pulling crab pots in the 
Chesapeake Bay, these 
boats docked at Messick 
Point in Poquoson, 
making for a dramatic 
and colorful image. 

Canon EOS Rebel XTi 
digital camera, Canon 
18-55mm lens, 
ISO 100, l/6th, flO.O. 



Nathan Sharp 


Freeze and thaw patterns in ice found along a creek on Brush 
Mountain in Montgomery County. 

Canon EOS 20D digital camera, Canon 100mm macro lens, ISO 100, 
l/6th, f9.5. 





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Alex DeCook 

Holland, MI 

At Abrams Falls in Washington County. 

Nikon D80 digital camera, Nikkor 18-135mm 
lens, ISO 500, l/3rd, f5.6. 

Greg Smith 


Sandstone boulders frame fall foliage at The Channels Natural 
Area Preserve in Russell & Washington counties. 

Canon EOS 40D digital camera, Canon 17-85mm lens, ISO 400, 
l/320th, f8.0 on a tripod. 


David L Bushman 

Toms Brook 

A bald eagle unnerves snow geese trying to settle in for 
the evening at the Chincoteague National Wildlife 
Refuge last fall. 

Nikon D300 digital camera, Sigma 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 
lens, ISO 800, l/250th, f!4.0. 

MARCH 2010 


"There is only you and your 
camera. The [imitations inyour 
photography are inyourself, for 
what we see is what we are." 

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m Kirby 


Slowly swimming sideways below 4 inches of crystal clear ice this lonely 
bluegill caught the attention of Jim Kirby at Lake Thoreau in Reston. 
Surprised to see that the bluegill was "very much alive," Jim shot this 
amazing image of the cold-blooded creature seemingly afloat in a galaxy 
far away. Actually, the "stars" are bubbles of air trapped in the ice. 
Congratulations on this very cool first-place photograph! 

Canon Powershot G10 digital camera, lens attached, ISO 100, l/50th, f4.5. 

Joyce Walton 


Walking by a bluebird box, Joyce spotted this guilty looking black rat snake peering 
out, probably after eating the bluebird eggs inside. 

Nikon D40X digital camera, Nikkor 55-200mm lens, ISO 720, l/500th, f5.6. 

MARCH 2010 



Douglas Graham 

Not a normal prey item 
for the insect-eating 
bullfrog, this colorful 
comet goldfish appar- 
ently went down easy 
but not before it was 
spotted by Douglas 
Graham! A startling 
and funny image! 

Nikon D3 digital camera, 
Nikkor 500mm f4.0 lens, 
ISO 1600, l/250th, f6.3, 
Gitzo tripod with Kirk 
BH-1 ballhead. 


Liam McGranaghan 


Wood frogs breeding in a vernal 
pool in Shenandoah County. 

Nikon D300 digital camera, lens 
not reported except focal length 
shot 45mm, ISO 1000, l/60th, 
f9.0, flash fired. 



David Burkwall 


A spotted turtle getting ready to 
grab a butterfly in a shallow stream 
in Hanover County. 

Canon EOS 50D digital camera, 
Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens, 
ISO 500, l/125th, f3.5. 

Ruth Dellinger 


A brown water snake hides in Lake 
Laura in Basye. 

Olympus E-500 digital camera, make 
of lens not reported except for 
70-300mm f4.0-5.6 lens, ISO 100, 
l/200th, f5.6. 



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Ben Gahagen 


A male fence lizard shows off his 
colorful throat. Photographed in 

Canon EOS Rebel XTi digital camera, 
no lens reported but shot at 55mm 
focal length, ISO 100, l/125th, f8.0, 
flash fired. 

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'"Nothing is worm more 
than this day." 




When the judges first saw this photograph, we thought the white specks 
were stars and the image was a night-time exposure aimed at the sky. After 
reading the caption information, we discovered otherwise! While riding in 
a hot air balloon "somewhere over Charlottesville," first-place winner 
Dudley Olcott saw the balloon's reflection in the ponds they were passing 
over and luckily was able to take a picture before crossing the last pond. 
The "stars" were reflections and things floating on the pond's surface! We 
laughed when we read the caption info and decided that this baffling and 
unusual starry image was definitely our first-place winner. WOW!!! 

Canon EOS Rebel XTi digital camera, Canon 17-85mm f4.0-5.6 lens, 
ISO 400, l/25th,f5.6. 



Roddy Addington 


Spelunker Wesley Combs 
practices a rebelay and repell 
during a vertical climbing 
training session in Kelly Cave 
in Norton. Roddy captured 
the action from below, 
despite the dust and grit 
falling on his face and 
camera from above! Love it! 

Nikon D300 digital camera, 
ISO 2000, l/250th,f7.1, 
flash fired. 


Sharon Call 


On opening day of dove sea- 
son, cousins Manfred Call VI 
(left) and Remington Call 
(right) got their limit and 
then cleaned the birds with 
the help of faithful hunting 
companions, Spirit and 
Waterfall, (Boykin spaniel and 
Labrador retriever crosses.) 
What a wonderful "slice of 
life" image! 

Canon EOS IDS Mark III 
digital camera, Canon 70- 
200mm f2.8 lens, ISO 500, 

feSJ 1/I60th,f5.0. 

MARCH 2010 


Mark Regan 


A kayaker paddles towards a billowing cloud formation 
at Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station. 

Canon EOS 40D digital camera, Canon 24-105mm f4.0 
LIS lens, ISO 200, l/500th, fL6.0. 

Douglas Graham 


A Whitewater kayaker takes the fall at Great Falls. 

Nikon D2Xs digital camera, Nikkor 600mm f4.0 
lens, ISO 400, l/2000th, f5.6. 


Mark Regan 


By using a slow shutter speed and 
following the subject by panning 
with his camera, Mark was able to 
create a sense of motion as this 
kayaker paddled quickly on the 
Potomac River near Algonkian 
Regional Park in Sterling. 

Canon EOS 40D camera, Canon 24- 
105mm f4.0 LIS lens, ISO 500, 
l/8th, f5.6. 







Because some friends had bats in their belfry (well, actually under the 
eaves of their house), Kevin Shank was able to capture this wonderful 
in-flight photograph of a little brown bat to win first place. Positioning 
his camera 20 feet above ground but below one of the bat's roost exits, 
Kevin was able to capture this great stop action photograph. Awesome! 

Canon EOS 40D digital camera, Canon 17-85mm lens, ISO 400, l/250th, 
fl6.0, two Canon 580 EX-II flashes positioned off camera and fired using 
a Pocket Wizard wireless release and a Phototrap infrared trigger. 

"ftdopt the face of nature: 
her secret is -patience" 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 



Dale Clymer 


Drifting in a bass boat along a bank of Claytor Lake, Dale's friend Betty Wade spotted this little raccoon as 
it popped up for a look at them while foraging along the bank. Fabulous! 

Canon EOS 20D digital camera, lens not reported but focal length was 135mm, ISO 1600, l/400th, flO.O. 


Jeffrey Logesky 

Front Royal 

A big surprise to both photogra- 
pher and coyote, this mystical 
image of Virginia's elusive and 
increasingly abundant predator 
was taken at Big Meadows in 
Shenandoah National Park. 

Pentax K20D digital camera, 
Pentax DA 55-300mm f4.0-5.8 ED 
lens, ISO 800, l/180th, f5.6. 




Douglas Graham 


Frequent winner to this 
competition, Douglas 
shot this stuning image 
of a white-tailed buck 
from his car using a 
beanbag support for his 
camera and lens. Shot 
under extremely low 
light, Douglas chose to 
process the photograph 
as an HDR image to open 
up shadow detail. 

Nikon D3 digital camera, 
Nikkor 300mm lens, ISO 
6400, l/125th, f2.8. 

Mark W.Jeffries 


Wild horses couldn't drag Mark away from a scuffle between two 
stallions at the famous wild pony roundup at Chincoteague. 

Nikon D80 digital camera, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.0-5.6 lens, 
ISO 200, l/500th, f5.6. 

Joyce Walton 


This gray squirrel is checking to see if the 
coast is clear in Joyce's backyard. 

Nikon D40X digital camera, Nikkor 55- 
200mm lens, ISO 450, l/500th, f5.6. 

MARCH 2010 





Not using its camouflage to full advantage, a walking stick finds peeling paint to be a 
more comfortable resting place. The beautiful texture and muted color of this unusual 
image captured the judges' attention right away. It was taken in Albemarle County 
near Free Union. What a surprising and beautiful photograph! 

Nikon D40 digital camera, Nikkor 105mm f2.8 micro lens, ISO 400, l/250th, f4.0. 


Richard Cox 


A frequent contributor 
to "Image of the 
Month" and this 
contest, Richard 
captured an up-close 
and personal look at a 
fly against a very clean 
and green background 
in his backyard. 

Canon EOS 40D digital 
camera, Sigma 150mm 
macro lens, ISO 320, 
l/250th, fll.O, flash 


Sarah Babcock 


A honeybee searches 
for nectar on Sarah's 
farm in Varina. 

Nikon D300 digital 
camera, Nikkor 105mm 
f2.8 micro lens, 
ISO 200, l/200th, 
f3.3, flash fired. 

MARCH 2010 


Cheryl Lowman Hunt 


A great spangled fritillary rests on ferns at Big 
Meadows, Shenandoah National Park. 

Nikon D100 digital camera, Nikkor80-400mm lens, 
ISO 200, l/250th, f6.3. 


Chris Wirth 


Speaking of camouflage, check out this awesome 
spicebush swallowtail caterpillar trying to mimic a 
snake! Yikes! 

Canon EOS 30D digital camera, Canon MP-E 1-5X macro 
lens, ISO 125, l/250th, fl4.0 & Canon MT-24EX Macro 
Twin Lite flash with custom diffuser. 

Cynthia Winter 


Stopped in mid-wing beat by a fast shutter 
speed, this unusual shot of a hummingbird 
moth was captured in Clarke County. 

Nikon D300 digital camera, Nikkor 105mm 
micro f2.8 lens, ISO 800, l/2500th, f5.6. 




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Annie Leibovitz 


Using a white sheet to block out the neighbor's house in the back- 
ground, first-place winner Wendy Nelson captured this striking image of 
a male bluebird in flight. The judges loved the composition, clean back- 
ground, and dramatic stop action of the bird's wings. And did you notice 
she shot it with a macro lens? What a great shot! 

Canon EOS 40D digital camera, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens, ISO 200, 
l/4000th, f4.0. 


". . . tfiey say of nature 
that it conceals with a 
grand nonchalance, 
and they say of vision 
that it is a deliberate 
gift, the revelation of 
a dancer who for my 
eyes only flings away 
her seven veils." 

Annie DULard 


Ricky Simpson, 


Always keeping a camera 
on-hand in his truck, Ricky 
spotted this red-tailed hawk 
perched on a tree limb near his 
office. Driving the truck to get 
a bit closer, he was able to 
capture this gorgeous portrait 
of the beautiful bird before it 
took off. . . straight at him! 
Just before hitting the truck 
(or Ricky), the large hawk 
swerved away. I guess this 
red-tail didn't like having its 
picture taken! 

Nikon D300 digital camera, 
Nikkor 300mm f2.8 lens, 1.4X 
teleconverter, ISO 200, 
l/400th, f4.0. 


Carolyn Sharp 


Barn owl fledglings peer down from the silo in Carolyn's barn. 

Pentax K10D digital camera, lens unknown but 120mm was 
the focal length shot, ISO 400, l/8th, f4.5. 



Jan Master 

Oak Hill 

A red-winged blackbird defends his nest from a hungry great egret at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. 
Nikon 300D digital camera, Nikkor 600mm lens, 1.4X tele-converter, ISO 800, l/1250th, f8.0. 

MARCH 2010 



Douglas Graham 

A male red-winged blackbird 
photographed leaping mid-flight 
from its perch at Blandy Farm in 
Clarke County. 

Nikon D3 digital camera, Nikon 
500mm f4.0 lens, ISO 1000, 
l/3200th, f6.7, Gitzo tripod with 
Kirk BH-1 ballhead. 


Andy Maneno 

A bald eagle fledgling looks down 
from its perch within a mile of its 
nest in Occoquan. 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 digital 
camera, ISO 100, l/125th, f4.5. 




'"Each species is a masterpiece, a 
creation assembled utith eictreme 
care andgenius." 

Edward 0. Wilson 



Always on the lookout for something interesting to photograph, 
Bill spotted orange under a tree in his backyard. After closer 
inspection he discovered a worthy first-place subject. He says 
he loves photographing mushrooms because of their interesting 
shapes, textures, and color, and the fact that they don't move! 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 digital camera, ISO 100, l/60th, 
f4.0, plus on-camera flash. 



David Lyster 


One of many clumps of Virginia blue- 
bells growing along the banks of the 
Rivanna River north of Charlottesville, 
this beautiful image was taken 12 
inches off the ground on a rainy day. 

Nikon D40 digital camera, Sigma 10- 
20mm ultra wide-angle lens, ISO 200, 
l/125th, f5.6. 

"Whj first thought is 
always of light" 

Galen Rowell 


Alan Levin 


Found along a creek near Alan's home, this ghostly sycamore leaf glows against a 
dark background, giving it a haunting quality. Alan converted the original color 
image to black and white using Photoshop Elements software. 

Canon EOS 5D digital camera, Canon 70-200mm lens, ISO 125, l/320th, f2.8. 





Ted Sweetland Jr. 


Birch tree at Big Meadows, Shenandoah 
National Park. 

Canon EOS 30D digital camera, Canon 10- 
22mm f3. 5-4.5 lens, polarizing filter, ISO 
100, l/40th, f22.0. 

Judith K. McGuire 


Lady slipper leaf, G. Richard Thompson 
Wildlife Management Area. 

Nikon D80 digital camera, Nikkor 60mm 
f2.8 micro lens, ISO 200, l/640th, f5.6. 

Jeff Howell 


Tree-of-Heaven plant (alien native) near Lake Pelham. 

Nikon D300 digital camera, Nikon 105mm f2.8 macro 
lens, ISO 400, l/250th, f3.0. 

MARCH 2010 






Glen Allen 

While hiking with her family along the Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah National Park, 
Nancy spotted and was able to photograph a well composed and beautiful portrait of an 
alert cottontail. Nancy has entered the Virginia Wildlife Annual Photography Contest ever 
since she was 6 years old and has won a placement every year! Congratulations, Nancy! 

Canon 20D digital camera, Canon 70-200mm L IS lens, ISO 400, l/50th, f5.0. 


Jacob Durrett, age 7 

Glen Allen 

Jacob borrowed his mom's 
camera to capture this 
dramatic fall scene of the 
Shenandoah Valley. What a 
lovely photograph, Jacob! 

Fuji S7000 digital camera, 
ISO 64, l/320th, f5.6. 

"If you want to live and thrive, kt the slider run alive" 

American Quaker Saying 



Grace Sklopan, age 9 


Grace reported that a neighbor 
held her up so she could take 
this wonderful photograph of 
baby birds in a nest in her front 
yard. Teamwork pays off! 
Good job! 

Nikon Coolpix S7c digital 
camera with lens attached, 
ISO 182, l/30th, f2.8. 

MARCH 2010 



Cristin Cade, age 9 

West Point 

Cristin reported that "Charlotte" the spider 
made a new nest every night on the side of the 
family pool, and in this picture she caught her 
wrapping up an insect. Cool! 

Nikon Coolpix P90 digital camera, Nikkor 24x 
zoom lens, ISO 400, l/30th, f4.0, flash fired. 



Marissa Cowart, age 10 


During a field trip to the Butterfly Garden at the 
Danville Science Center, Marissa photographed 
this beautiful butterfly. She noted that she 
loved this image because of how the butterfly 
stands out against the green background. We do 

Panasonic DMC-LS70 digital camera, ISO 100, 
l/640th, f2.8. 


Zachary Fuller, age 9 


A dogwood flower floating in Pandapas Pond 
located in the Jefferson National Forest in 
Montgomery County captures an honorable 
mention for Zachary. Good eye! 

Fuji Finepix A210 digital camera, ISO 100, 
l/200th, f4.8. 





"9ie who searches for spring 
zoith his /qiees in the mud finds 
it, in abundance." 

Aldo Leopold 

Dillon has entered Virginia Wildtife's Annual Photography Contest for 
5 years straight and has won a placement nearly every year! This year, 
an elegant green snake spotted by Dillon's grandpa captured the 
coveted first place for Dillon. A difficult subject to photograph, the 
judges loved the composition and depth that the curves of the snake 
created as well as eye contact with the snake. Well done, Dillon! 

Canon EOS 50D digital camera, Sigma 50mm fl.4 EX DG HSM lens, 
ISO 400, l/250th, fl6.0, flash fired. 


"A wise old owl sat 


Ihe more he saw the 

less he spoke; 

( Ihe less he spoke, the 

more he heard; 

Why aren 't we tike 

that wise old bird?" 

Edward Hersey Richards 



Marlin Shank, age 14 


Using a photography blind in a 
doorway of his home, Marlin 
photographed this gorgeous 
male Baltimore oriole perched in 
a blossoming crabapple tree. The 
clean, solid green background 
really makes the orange-breasted 
bird stand out. Just beautiful! 

Canon EOS 40D digital camera, 
Canon 400mm lens with a 1.4X 
tele-converter, ISO 800, 
l/200th, f5.6. 





Amanda Wiehrs, 
age 16 


Amanda captures third 
place with her striking 
black and white photo- 
graph of a female mallard 
taken in Hungry Mother 
State Park in Marion. This 
is a great example of how 
the use of black and 
white can really enhance 
the feel of an image. 
Good job, Amanda! 

Kodak Z740 Zoom digital 
camera, ISO 80, l/500th, 


David Gibson, age 14 

Virginia Beach 

Three fledgling osprey, now able 
to catch food for themselves, 
hang out at their nest on 
Lynnhaven River Inlet. Nice 
action shot! 

Canon EOS Rebel XSi digital 
camera, no lens mentioned but 
focal length was 250mm, ISO 
200, 1/lOOOth, f7.1. 

MARCH 2010 


Noah Strobel, age 16 


This well composed image 
captures the beauty of a simple 
wet leaf showing that you can get 
great photographs if you look 
hard enough. Good eye Noah! 

Canon EOS Rebel XTi digital 
camera, Canon 18-55mm lens, 
ISO 400, l/800th, f5.6. 


Heleena Winter, age 17 


A Woodbridge forest offers 
a wonderful opportunity for 
Heleena in this quiet, misty 
scene. Beautiful! 

Canon PowerShot S3 IS digital 
camera, built in 6-72mm lens, ISO 
not listed, l/1600th, f5.0. 



Ifs time to enter your best photographs 
and let Virginia Wildlife magazine show- 
case your images for thousands to enjoy. 
Special prizes will be donated by Richmond 
Camera, Virginia Wildlife, and others for con- 
test winners. Two very talented winners will 
have their photographs featured on the 
cover (adult) and back cover (kid) as grand 
prizes. Winning entries will also be posted on 
our website. 


1. Birds of a Feather 

2. Cold and Clammy Critters 
Reptiles, fish, and amphibians. 

3. A Bug's Life 

Insects (which include butterflies), 
spiders, or other creepy-crawlies. 

4. Fantastic Plants 

Flowers, trees, grasses, and shrubs native 
to Virginia. No cultivated plants are 

5. Marvelous Mammals 

6. Scenic Seasons 

Highlight the four seasons. 

7. The Sporting Life 

Please make sure that all activities are 
performed in a SAFE manner (i.e., people 
wear lifejackets, blaze orange, eye and 
hearing protection). 

8. Kids and Cameras 

Two age groups: 6-12 and 13-18 
Enter any of the above categories. 

How to Enter: 

1. The contest is open to any photogra- 
pher, amateur or professional, except em- 
ployees of the Virginia Department of Game 
and Inland Fisheries. Contest-related usage 
rights must be available to Virginia Wildlife. 

2. Each photographer may enter up to 
three (3) digital images per category. Sub- 
missions will not be returned. PRINTS ARE 

3. All images submitted must have been 
taken in Virginia within the past five years. 
Do not enter photographs of animals or 
plants that are not native to Virginia. 

4. All contest entries must be listed on a 
piece of paper or "Delivery Memo" with your 
name, address, and phone number. Each 
entry must be individually listed in this 
memo stating the category in which it is en- 
tered and any details on how and where the 
image was taken. If possible, please indicate 
camera type, make, model, lens, and settings 

5. Digital images: Photograph images 
at the highest resolution and send us the 
original JPEG, TIFF, or RAW file. Entries can 
be sent on one CD or DVD. Label disk(s) with 
your name and phone number. Embed each 
digital file with your contact information. 
Indicate category for each picture or place in 
named folder. No digital prints required. Sub- 
missions will not be returned. 

Digital images that are grainy or show pix- 
ilation cannot be accepted forjudging. Ma- 
nipulation of exposure, cropping and some 
color correction is acceptable. It is not ac- 
ceptable to remove or add features to an 

6. We prefer that all photographs taken 
be of wild animals or plants in the wild but 
will accept photographs of animals or plants 
taken under "controlled conditions" or in 
captive situations. Shots of animals or plants 
in the wild are given preference over captive 
shots. Wild animals should not be captured 
for the sole purpose of photographs for this 
contest. If you do photograph captive or 
"controlled" animals, this MUST be stated in 
the Delivery Memo. 

7. Submissions must be postmarked 
by 5:00 p.m. November 2, 2010. Winning 
entries will appear in the March 2011 issue of 
this magazine. 

8. Mail your contest entries to: 2010 An- 
nual Photography Contest, c/o Virginia 
Wildlife Magazine, 4010 W. Broad St., P.O. 
Box 11104, Richmond, VA 23230-1104. The 
courier address is: 2010 Annual Photography 
Contest c/o Virginia Wildlife Magazine, 4010 
W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230. It is 
recommended that you send your submission 
by certified, registered mail or by a courier 
who uses a tracking number to locate lost 

9. Virginia Wildlife staff members and well- 
known wildlife/environmental photographer 
Lynda Richardson will judge all entries. Contest 
judges will not be responsible for lost mail. 

The Annual Photography Contest is offered as a 
way to bring greater appreciation to Virginia's 
wildlife and natural resources. 

2009 Contest Prizes 

Courtesy of Richmond Camera 

Grand Prize Front Cover: 

Promaster 2N Professional Tripod with a 
Superlite Ball Head #3 ($279.98 value) 

First Places: 

Lowepro Sling Shot 300AW Sling Bag 
($99.99 value) 

Second Places: 

Pro Master L400 Camera Bag ($79.99 value) 
black, blue, or sienna 

Third Places: 

Richmond Pro Lab Gallery Wrap - 11 X14 
size ($89.99 value) 

Honorable Mentions: 

Promaster Hurricane Blower ($7.99 value) 
and Pro Master Memory Card Readers 
($29.99 value) 

For KldS (6 to 12 years & 13 to 18 years) 

Grand Prize Back Cover: 

Promaster IN Professional Tripod with a 
Superlite Ball Head #3 ($244.98 value) 

First Places: 

Lowepro Sling Shot 300AW Sling Bag 
($99.99 value) 

Second Places: 

Pro Master L400 Camera Bag ($79.99 value) 
black, blue or sienna 

Third Places: 

Richmond Pro Lab Gallery Wrap - 11 X 14 
($89.99 value) 

Honorable Mentions: 

Promaster Hurricane Blower ($7.99 value) 
and Pro Master Memory Card Readers 
($29.99 value) 

Note: Comparable product may be substituted 
due to availability. 

Entries for the 

2010 Virginia Wildlife Annual Photography Contest 

must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. 

November 2, 2010. 

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